Hyrum Smith Farm, Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri -
For Sale By Owner

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Hyrum Smith Farm History

After a tumultuous time in Jackson County resulting in a move to Clay County, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints moved to the newly established county of Caldwell, made available by legislators specifically for their settlement.  Hoping for the peace that they had sought in Jackson, church members built a new city on the plains of Missouri and named it Far West.  As was done in Kirtland and Independence, church leaders dedicated a temple site at the center of Far West and built a bustling city around it.  Hyrum Smith and his family were included in this move to Far West and according to the “original land entries” of Caldwell County, Hyrum purchased 40 acres of land 1 mile east of the temple site at Far West, in Caldwell Co.  In December of 1838, Hyrum, Joseph and other church members were arrested and imprisoned in the Liberty Jail, while the rest of the Church pondered their fate and made plans for moving.  

Recorded on the original land entries showing the Hyrum Smith farm, are two features of interest today.  One is that of an orchard shown in the detailed drawing.  Apparently, shortly after arriving and prior to the land entries being recorded, an orchard was planted on the property.  Today an orchard has been planted in the original location to keep with the historical details.

The second detail is that of the construction of Far West School #1.  On the North West corner of the farm sat the original Far West School.  Although the building has long fallen to dust, the original foundation sits below the grass in the pasture.  When the farm was tilled, portions of the building, nails, hinges, cast iron desk materials, and the pot bellied stove were turned up.

On top of the hill at the center of the farm is located a cabin site overlooking the valley, and has views of both the county seat of Kingston and the city of Cameron.  The cabin site is revealed as a large grassy knoll.  The foundation stones that protruded through the grass have been piled in a large stack and trees have been planted around the perimeter to discourage tilling the soil in the vicinity.  The age or ownership is uncertain, but it is believed that Hyrum and his family made their home near the temple site.  In the traditional fashion of Kirtland, Independence, Far West and Nauvoo, church members built their homes in town, close to the temple and civic activities and did their farming outside of town.  Ideally, along with their homes they had enough property to allow a large garden and room to keep a milk cow, and the families’ transportation, the horse.  Out buildings for the animals also were in close proximity to their home.